Between Tess LeSue and now Jessica Clare, I’ve rediscovered my love for Western romances this year. It doesn’t matter if I’m getting swept away in a canvas covered wagon or a rusty old pickup truck, I’m in! I’m especially fond of the ‘softer’ cowboys, because I feel like they’re harder to come by. Luckily for me, A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe definitely fits that bill.
A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe by Jessica Clare
Series: The Wyoming Cowboy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 15th, 2019
ARC from the publisher
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5 reasons why A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe will lasso your heart:
- A Relatable Heroine – I found Sage to be such a relatable heroine in so many ways. Her life is stagnant; she’s stuck in the small town she grew up in, and while she feels like she’s living life in a fishbowl, she also feels overlooked. She’s a good friend to everyone who knows her, but she’s unable to set boundaries, often letting people take advantage of her. In spite of all that, she’s not afraid to put herself out there, and while she could be shy on occasion (like when a sexy new cowboy swaggered into town,) she wasn’t one to hold back. She’s antsy to break away from her small town surroundings to finally get on with life, but not to the point where she’ll make a run for it if something (or in this case, someone) worthwhile comes along. Her heart particularly aches around Christmas because of the loss of her father, and living alone is such a sprawling place.
- A Sexy Cowboy Hero – I loved Jason as much as I loved Sage. The events of his life have shaped him, but not in the way I’d think. I would expect him to be somewhat hardened; that’s not who he was at all. It may have taken him just a teensy bit longer, but he was also willing to put himself out there, and he was as patient and kind as Sage was – such a perfect match for her. He was always there to tell her just how special she was, and as an outsider of Painted Barrel, he was able to see the situation for what it was and offer her some ‘sage’ advice. (Har,har.) His PTSD was never pushed to the back burner in this book; it was relevant and prevalent, and his struggle was pretty devastating to watch. I thought this was portrayed very well, and the way it was manifested throughout the book realistic. And one last thing – this soft, sexy cowboy had a mouth on him in the bedroom!
- The Emotion – I know I’ve covered it when talking about Sage and Jason, but there really was so much emotion in this book. From Jason not feeling good enough to Sage’s loneliness (and vice versa,) it really was a tangible feeling. But it wasn’t all sadness. Sage had a true love for Painted Barrel. She did everything she could to make this town a place it’s residents enjoyed and loved, and she did it so well. It was such a part of who she was, and it almost made everything Sage did for it seem so effortless. Everything she did was done with heart. And Jason made a furry friend that stole his heart, and the way he adored him and treated him was so sweet and heartwarming.
- That ‘Small Town Feel’ – I’ve mentioned this before, but Small Town Romances can be hit or miss for me. It’s easy for the meddling to go overboard, but it didn’t feel that way here. Yes, there was the town gossip, but even Sage said she knew how much the woman loved everyone and just wanted everything to be OK. There were a lot of shop owners, and I loved the camaraderie and support they shared. Even when some of those people didn’t deserve it. (I’m looking at Greg and his real estate business here…grrrr!) Earlier pairs from the series also appear in this book, and I enjoyed meeting them. I can’t wait to go back and read their stories!
- All the Holiday Things – The only thing better than a Small Town Romance is one that sports a holiday feeling as well; A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe didn’t skimp on that. From the snowy weather to Sage’s ridiculous Christmas sweaters, and from holiday shopping to town events, you get it all here. It was rife with all things Christmas, and I loved it!
A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe was such a wonderful read. It was all heart, and I just love that Sage and Jason found their way together. They really deserved each other. Now I just need to go back and read the previous books in this series so I can get the scoop on some of these other couples!
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